Ministerial Spouses Association
Laughs & Gaffs
A Two-gun Welcome
Our first district out of seminary was in a very rural section of Kentucky. We were warned that we should never make visits during the evening hours, as we might be thought of as “revenuers” and be shot at on sight. (Shades of the Hatfields and the McCoys!) We followed that advice and made visits to our members in the daylight hours.
One day, we decided to visit a man in one of our congregations who had recently married a woman from another part of the state. We had never met her and wanted her to feel welcome. After navigating our way down numerous narrow country roads, we finally found their home and turned down the long driveway. We parked and then made our way to the front porch, where we knocked and were warmly greeted.
The couple seated us on their couch with our backs to the picture window, and they sat down in chairs across from us. We had been talking for awhile when, suddenly, one said to the other, “Do you see what I see?”
They both grabbed guns and dashed out the front door. Remembering the warnings we’d received earlier, we weren’t sure if we should merely duck or lie flat on the floor to avoid any incoming bullets!
With wide eyes, we quickly glanced out the window and discovered who the intruder was. We had a CB radio in our car, and one of the couple's goats had climbed up on top of our car and was trying to eat the CB antenna. Talk about thankful! We were happy to see a curious goat instead of a steamed up Hatfield or McCoy!
Jeanne Hartwell is the associate ministerial director and family ministries director for the Pennsylvania Conference. She and her husband, Ray, have a married son (and two "grand-dogs"), a daughter in college, and a Westie puppy. They have been married nearly 35 years and have had many amazing adventures in God's service.